The fourth and final episode of Levison Wood’s epic 2600-mile journey sees the explorer travel the final 1000 miles by any means possible through Armenia and the captivating Republic of Iran, aiming for the Caspian Sea and his journey’s end. Entering Armenia, Lev teams up with a seasoned photojournalist Anush Babajanyan who helps get him access to Europe’s forgotten war zone, in the contested state of Nagorno-Karabakh.
This contested region is claimed by Armenia and Azerbaijan. Over the last 30 years, up to 30,000 people have been killed in a war the rest of Europe has forgotten. They meet war veteran, Eduard, and his family who live perilously close to the frontline, under daily threat of Azeri rockets, before venturing to the frontline trenches where soldiers engage in daily conflict. Heading south, Lev enters Iran, a country that has had a rocky relationship with the West since the 1979 Islamic revolution drove out the American-backed monarchy.
Today, it’s looking to open up to the West, and after months of negotiation Lev has been given permission to travel to the shores of the Caspian Sea. Joined by guide and fellow adventurer Reza Pakravan, they visit Lake Urmia, once one of the largest salt lakes in the world. Travelling via the ancient valley of the Assassins, where a thousand years ago the world’s first terror group launched their attacks, Lev and Reza reach Iran’s capital Tehran. They see the abandoned American Embassy and catch a lift through town with a biker gang. From Tehran, they face the Alborz mountains, a mighty range that they must cross as they head for the Caspian Sea and the end of their journey.
Series Producer: Jamie Berry
Executive Producers: Jos Cushing, Melanie Darlaston
Production Company: October Films and Motion Content Group
From Russia To Iran: Crossing The Wild Frontier Episode 4 (of 4) airs Sunday 10 September 2017 from 8.00pm-9.00pm on Channel 4.